Roman Urbanism in Italy
Recent Discoveries and New DirectionsSeries:
Imprint: Oxbow Books
272 Pages, 170 x 240 mm
- December 2023
The study of Roman urbanism – especially its early (Republican) phases – is extensively rooted in the evidence provided by a series of key sites, several of them located in Italy. Some of these Italian towns (e.g. Fregellae, Alba Fucens, Cosa) have received a great deal of scholarly attention in the past and they are routinely referenced as textbook examples, framing much of our understanding of the broad phenomenon of Roman urbanism. However, discussions of these sites tend to fall back on well-established interpretations, with relatively little or no awareness of more recent developments. This is remarkable, since our understanding of these sites has since evolved thanks to new archaeological fieldwork, often characterised by the pursuit of new questions and the application of new approaches. Similarly, new evidence from other sites has since prompted a reconsideration of time-honoured views about the nature, role and long-term trajectory of Roman towns in Italy.
Tracing its origins in the Laurence Seminar on Roman Urbanism in Italy: recent discoveries and new directions, which took place at the Faculty of Classics of the University of Cambridge (27–28 May 2022), this volume brings together scholars whose recent work at key sites is contributing to expand, change or challenge our current knowledge and understanding of Roman urbanism in Italy. The individual chapters showcase some of the most recent methods and approaches applied to the study of Roman towns, discussing the broader implications of fresh archaeological discoveries from both well known and less widely known sites, from the Po Plain to Southern Italy, from the Republican to the Late Antique period (and beyond).
Part I. Methods and approaches
2. Approaches of Roman urbanism in Italy: the example of Falerii Novi
3. The changing face of the eastern Caelian in the 1st–2nd centuries AD: work by the Rome Transformed Project
Ian Haynes, Paolo Liverani, Thea Ravasi & Stephen Kay
4. Luck is in the Research Method: Aquinum, the Rediscovery of an ‘Invisible’ Town
Part II. Beyond the textbook
5. Cosa, Orbetello, and the Genesis of a Colony.
Andrea U. De Giorgi
6. The archaeology of Fregellae: an update
7. One should always dress like a marble column (Jackie Kennedy-Onassis). New insights on the urbanism of Alba Fucens
Part III. Not your standard Roman town
8. From sanctuary to settlement. Mapping the development of Lucus Feroniae through geophysical prospection
Stephen Kay, Sophie Hay & Christopher Smith
9. Septempeda: integrated approaches for revealing a ‘small town’ in Picenum
Part IV. Roman towns in the longue durée
10. Lunae: New Perspectives from Recent Archaeological Fieldwork
Simonetta Menchelli, Paolo Sangriso, Silvia Marini & Rocco Marcheschi
11. Interamna Lirenas: how special?
12. A Town and its Road: Aeclanum on the via Appia
Ben Russell & Girolamo F. De Simone
Part V. Late Antiquity and beyond
13. New archaeological perspective on Late Antique Aquileia
14. Bridging the gap. Bridging the gap: new data on the settlement continuity in Parma from the stone bridge
15. Conclusion: recent discoveries and new directions